Cal Building a Pipeline to Centennial?

The Cal football team has pulled in two Centennial Huskies over the past two recruiting cycles, but both of them have been on the offensive side of the ball. Now, the Bears are looking to widen the pipeline to the SoCal talent factory on the defensive side.

Corona (Calif.) Centennial’s school colors are red and black, but at the rate California is going, they might as well change them to blue and gold.

The Golden Bears have now offered ¾ of the Huskies defensive backfield – starting with Chacho Ulloa, and then offering both Camryn Bynum and safety Kentrell Love today – and already have a commitment from offensive lineman Daniel Juarez.

The Bears have jumped back into the race for four-star wide receiver Javon McKinley, who visited this weekend, and already have, on their roster, former Centennial running back Tre Watson. Oh, and wide receiver Greyson Bankhead is all set to enter summer bridge once he graduates.

Bynum’s offer came on the same day he visited Stanford, in advance of Sunday’s The Opening Regional in San Leandro, Calif., and while Love wasn’t up to participate in the event – or on the Cal campus, as El Cerrito (Calif.) 2017 offensive tackle Aaron Banks was, when he got his offer on Saturday – he still was able to talk to Greg Burns, who’s been quite busy.

“Coach [Jacob] Peeler messaged me, and told me to call coach Burns, so I gave him a call,” said Love. “It’s just very exciting that a whole bunch of Centennial players went, and are going up to Cal. It’s very exciting.

“It’s a really big offer. It’s close to home, my parents can go to the games if I decide to go there, and they can come check me out at practice. Whenever I get homesick, I can just go right back home.”

Love said that he’s close to both Watson and Bankhead – calling them “pretty good friends” – and he “always” talks with Bankhead. He is closest, though, with Bynum.

“We always go to each other’s houses and stuff, and we hang out, outside of school,” Love said. “We’re pretty close.” and that Juarez has already started working on his fellow Huskies to join him and the other two in Berkeley.

“He’s been telling me that he just really loves it, that the coaches are amazing,” Love said. “He said it was a nice place to stay, trying to get me to commit up there and bring me and everybody else at Centennial to Cal.

“I’m going to try to take an official with Camryn and Daniel – they’re all going to try to head up there. Chacho is going to try to, too. We’re going to try to head up there. We’re working on Chacho and Javon.”

Love has already head good things about McKinley’s trip up this weekend.

“I saw his mom tweet about it, and say they had a really good time,” Love said. “It looks like a nice place to stay.”

Liking the Bears is easy for Love, at this point.

“I like how they’re taking a lot of Centennial kids,” Love laughed. “I could go up there and fit in right away.”

As for what Love himself would bring to the table, he’s a big safety, at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, who’s measured out a 34-inch vertical leap, and has run a 4.53 40-yard time.

“[Burns] tells me that I’m physical, and that he would like to see me at the safety position. I could jam the slot up and play man. From what I’ve heard, he’s a great coach.

“I need to get stronger. I need to work on some man coverage, also, work on my press game, and then I’ll be good to go from there.”


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